Column: Victor Conte says Melky Cabrera far from alone
August 16, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Victor Conte, former founder of the infamous BALCO, simply laughed on the telephone.
He knew San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was cheating.
Conte knows plenty of other star baseball players are cheating, too.
When pressed to make an educated guess on just how many Major League Baseball players today are still taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs, and circumventing the system, Conte paused, then finally spit out a percentage that should make every baseball fan spit up over a toilet.
"I would say," Conte said, speaking slowly, "maybe as much as half of baseball."
Wait, you're saying that 50% of baseball players might still be cheating today, when the steroid era is supposed to be over?
"I'm not going to name names," Conte said, "but I've talked to a lot of top players in Major League Baseball, and they tell me this is what they're doing. There is rampant use of synthetic testosterone in Major League Baseball."